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Romney damaged, but has edge heading to Florida: analysis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mitt Romney’s expected romp to the Republican presidential nomination turned into a long and hard slog on Saturday, and he leaves South Carolina as a damaged and suddenly vulnerable candidate. But beyond the take-back-our-country frenzy that Newt Gingrich was able to whip up among conservative voters in…

Tall? That may be good news for your heart, study says

(Reuters) – Tall men appear less likely than shorter ones to develop heart failure, according to a study covering thousands of U.S. doctors. Researchers in Boston said that while there is no proof that a few extra centimeters protect the heart, it was possible that short and tall people are…

Bird flu researchers suspend study of deadlier mutations

(Reuters) – Researchers studying a potentially deadlier, airborne version of the bird flu virus have voluntarily suspended their studies for 60 days because of concerns it could be used as a devastating form of bioterrorism, according to a letter published in the journals Nature and Science on Friday. Ron Fouchier…

Jobs family absent from Disney board despite largest stake

(Reuters) – When Disney shareholders vote to re-elect directors at its annual meeting in March, neither Steve Jobs’ wife nor a representative from his trust will be present on the ballot, even though it is the media company’s largest shareholder. According to Walt Disney Co’s proxy, filed on Friday, directors…

Swiss police press charges against anti-Davos protesters

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss police will charge more than 100 demonstrators with breaching the peace after they rallied in Bern Saturday to protest against the World Economic Forum that holds its annual meeting in Davos this week. The protesters, some wearing masks, began an unauthorized demonstration but were stopped by…

‘Occupy London’ vacates building after brief stay

Anti-capitalist protesters of the ‘Occupy London’ movement have vacated a building in the city’s financial district less than a day after entering it, they said on Sunday. ‘Occupy London’ activists entered the abandoned nine-storey Roman House building — formerly used by finance companies — in the Barbican arts and conference…

Rushdie says Indian police invented death threat

British author Salman Rushdie on Sunday accused Indian police of making up an underworld plot to assassinate him that forced him to pull out of a literary festival this weekend. Rushdie withdrew from the event in Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan, after being warned by Indian officials that paid…

Thousands protest domestic violence at Guatemala volcano demonstration

About 12,000 Guatemalans on Saturday linked hands on a giant heart banner on the slopes of a volcano crater to draw attention to the scourge of domestic violence. New President Otto Perez, a rightwing general who took office last Saturday, arrived on the scene by helicopter and handed a Guatemalan…

Vinyl records are back. Again.

In the brave new world of MP3 players, compact discs are dying, cassettes are Stone Age, and old-fashioned vinyl records… they’re back! It might seem that nothing short of a wind-up gramophone could be more out of place today than the nostalgia-laden, crackly-sounding 33 and 45 RPM disc. Yet in…

Iraq falling back into ‘authoritarianism’: Human Rights Watch

Iraq is falling back into authoritarianism and headed towards becoming a police state, despite US claims that it has helped establish democracy in the country, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. The criticism from the New York-based HRW comes less than a year after thousands of Iraqis took to the…

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